Jake Musial '11

Digging into the Past
As a kid growing up in Manhattan, Jake Musial’s mom would take him to many of the museums in the city—The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, and others. Now a senior history major at GMC, Jake recently had the chance to reconnect with one of his childhood haunts, this time studying and cataloging the museum’s treasures.

Last summer, Jake interned as a lab technician in the North American Archaeology lab of The Museum of Natural History. His main responsibility was to sort through samples of midden material—essentially old garbage, off of the coast of Georgia, collected from the Late Archaic — a time period ranging from about 5,900 to 3,200 years ago.

“My job was to pick out artifacts and faunal material from the shell samples. Over the course of the summer I found a number of interesting artifacts ranging from pottery shards, a bone pin, to pieces of alligator skull,” he says.

As someone who is passionately interested in history and prehistory, being able to, quite literally, dig into a piece of it was a great experience for Jake. “History, by definition is really the study of written documents, but that only covers so much time period. For any culture that didn’t have writing, you have to use historical archaeology,” Jake says. Since coming to GMC, Jake has taken advantage of classes that fuel his interests.

“Every time I take a history class here I become enthusiastic about a different era of history — I sort of go through different phases. I’ve had my Roman phase, European prehistory phase, medieval Russia phase—I’m not picky,” Jake says.

The summer before last Jake attended a field school in Ireland for six weeks where he worked on a bronze-age roundhouse. The experience taught him about Irish history and prehistory and some basic archaeology techniques. “I got to go on some pretty cool tours of the passage tombs and things like that,” he says. Another class with Prof. Mark Dailey (sociology) gave him and a few other students the chance to explore archaeology through the lens of cultural anthropology and human prehistory.

Playing music also helps Jake stay connected with history, but in a different way. He took a year off in between high school and college to record an album with his father’s band, and he’s starting a Thursday “blues night” at the local pub. He’s also been involved with a number of different GMC bands during his time here, including the Bad Assets, the opener for Spring Concert 2010.

It’s a theme evolving in Jake’s life—studying history through a variety of lenses. Whether it’s from a textbook, a stimulating class discussion, playing a few blues riffs on his guitar, or digging straight into the ground for clues, Jake has been on a mission to learn more about the world by studying the people who have inhabited it.

By Chad Skiles ‘12

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Women's Volleyball
9/30, 7 p.m.
vs. Norwich

10/2, at Castleton
10 a.m. vs. Maine Maritime
12 p.m. vs. Husson

Cross Country
10/2, 12 & 1 p.m.
at Middlebury College

Men's Golf
10/3, 12:30 p.m.
at the Green Mtn. Invitational

WEEK AT A GLANCE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Ayurveda Consultation
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Whitewater Day Trip:
Registration Begins

10 a.m., GreenMAP

Adirondacks Rock Climbing:
Registration Begins

10 a.m., GreenMAP

Sea Kayaking the Maine Coast:
Registration Begins

10 a.m., GreenMAP

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Take 10 Discussion Group
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wellness Center

Zumba
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Shakti Tribal Dance:
Advanced I

4 - 5:30 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Shakti Tribal Dance: Intermediate
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Swim Session
5 - 6 p.m., Waldron Pool

Spirituality Club Meeting
6 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Academic Skills Workshop: Balanced Lifestyles
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Graduate School Fair
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Lobby

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Faculty Colloquium:
Paul Hancock

12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Terrace 124

Kripalu Yoga (vigorous)
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Academic Skills Workshop:
Writing

3 - 4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Poultney Community Garden
Work Day

3 - 4 p.m., Rear of Poultney High School

Sunset Yoga
Meet at 5 p.m. at the GreenMAP office

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced II
5:30 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Lap Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m.,
Waldron Pool

SOAR Workshop:
Creative Marketing

6 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7 - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 7:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced III
8 - 9:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Chapel
8 - 10:30 p.m., Chapel

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Cerridwen Farm Stand
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wellness Center

Academic Skills Workshop:
Substance Use

3 - 4 p.m., Special Collections Reading Room, Griswold Library

Kripalu Yoga (gentle)
4 - 5 p.m, Wellness Center

Intermediate Vinyasa
Flow Yoga

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1
Sea Kayaking Lake Champlain
See GreenMAP for details.

Surfing Jenness Beach
See GreenMAP for details.

Open Gym Session
11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Gymnasium

Lap Swim Session
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Waldron Pool

Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Theater: An Evening with Poe
6:45 p.m. Pre-show, Ackley Hall
7 p.m. Performance

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2
Camel's Hump Hike
8 a.m., See GreenMAP for details.

Vt Academy Arts & Science Conference
10 a.m. - 12 p.m., The Gorge

Theater: An Evening with Poe
6:45 p.m. Pre-show, Ackley Hall
7 p.m. Performance

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
Open Swim Session
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Pool

Theater: An Evening with Poe
6:45 p.m. Pre-show, Ackley Hall
7 p.m. Performance

Open Chapel
7 - 10:30 p.m., Chapel